At a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the White House, Trump said Poland is offering to pay Washington at least $2 billion to help meet the costs of the base, which would likely irk an increasingly assertive Moscow.
Seeking a check on Russian aggression, Poland wants the 3,000 United States troops now deployed in Poland on a rotating basis to be upgraded to a larger, permanent presence.
"Poland would be paying billions of dollars for a base", Trump said.
"I told Mr. President about all the aspects connected with the permanent presence of the US armed forces in Poland", Duda said. "We're looking at it from the standpoint of number one, military protection, for both countries, and also cost. I am convinced that such a decision lies in the Polish interest and in the interest of the United States".
US President Donald Trump is eyeing a permanent military presence in Poland, saying the country "likes the idea very much".
"I hope that we will build Fort Trump in Poland together, Mr. President", Duda said.
The United States does not now operate any permanent military bases in Poland.
"This agreement indicates the most important aspects of our cooperation and our friendship, it also sets new paths for the future", Duda said.
Trump says he's "very seriously" considering a greater USA troop presence in Poland as he meets with that country's president at the White House.
Trump, who has repeatedly threatened to punish countries if they don't spend enough on defense, said he would only agree if Poland is willing to pay the United States. He said he had assured Trump that a permanent USA base in Poland would not result in a newly heightened military standoff with Russian Federation in central and Eastern Europe, because he said that was already happening.
Poland, which is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation since 1999, has been taking a very active part in the recent military activities of the alliance, described as an attempt to counter "hostile" Russian moves. USA soldiers are now present on its soil through NATO's back-to-back rotation. These activities, deemed by the alliance to be "aggressive" are mainly military drills, held by Russian Federation on its own territory.
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